Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg

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This article is about the current Catholic diocese. For the Episcopal diocese, formerly known as the Diocese of Harrisburg, see Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.
Diocese of Harrisburg
Diœcesis Harrisburgensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.svg
The coat of arms of the Diocese of Harrisburg
Location
Country United States
Territory Counties of Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York, Pennsylvania
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Statistics
Area 7,660 sq mi (19,800 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
2,027,835
247,492 (12.2%)
Parishes 89
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established March 3, 1868
Cathedral St. Patrick's Cathedral
Patron saint Saint Patrick
Secular priests 150
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Father Ronald William Gainer
Metropolitan Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Map
Diocese of Harrisburg map 1.png
Website
hbgdiocese.org
Interior of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Harrisburg

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg covers 15 counties of South Central Pennsylvania: Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York. The seat of the bishop is in St. Patrick's Cathedral (built 1907), which stands one block away from the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Pope Blessed Pius IX erected the diocese on March 3, 1868.[1]

Ordinaries[edit]

The following are lists of bishops, coadjutor and auxiliary bishops, and priests who served the diocese and their years of service.

Diocesan bishops[edit]

  1. † The Right Rev. Jeremiah F. Shanahan (1868-1886)
  2. † The Right Rev. Thomas McGovern (1888-1898)
  3. † The Right Rev. John W. Shanahan (1899-1916)
  4. † The Most Rev. Philip R. McDevitt (1916-1935)
  5. † The Most Rev. George L. Leech (1935-1971)
  6. † The Most Rev. Joseph T. Daley (1971 - 1983)
  7. The Most Rev. William Henry Keeler (1983 - 1989) Appointed archbishop of Baltimore on April 11, 1989; created cardinal on November 26, 1994; retired on July 12, 2007.
  8. † The Most Rev. Nicholas C. Dattilo (1990 - 2004)
  9. The Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades (2004 - 2010) Appointed bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, on November 14, 2009; installed on January 13, 2010.
  10. † The Most Rev. Joseph P. McFadden (2010 - 2013)
  11. The Most Rev. Ronald William Gainer (2014 – Present)

† = Deceased

Coadjutor and Auxiliary bishops[edit]

  • Lawrence F. Schott (1956-1963)
  • † Joseph T. Daley (1963-1967); coadjutor bishop (1967-1971) Became diocesan bishop by right of succession.
  • William H. Keeler (1979-1983) Became diocesan bishop.

† = Deceased

Priests of the diocese who became Bishops[edit]

The following men began their service as priests in Harrisburg before being appointed bishops in Harrisburg or elsewhere:

Other priests[edit]

Other notable members:

  • The Most Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M. (1987–1998; served as an ecclesiastical judge and canonical consultant) (later Bishop of Trenton)

High schools[edit]

Ban on partcipation of females in certain sports[edit]

On October 1, 2014, Bishop Ronald Gainer introduced a new policy prohibiting girls at Catholic schools in the diocese from participating in wrestling, football, and rugby whether or not they desire to compete in girls-only or co-ed matches.[2] The policy goes on to require male wrestlers to forfeit matches against female opponents, but does not bar football or rugby teams from playing against teams which may have a girl on their team.[2] According to the policy, the ban applies to sports "...that involve substantial and potentially immodest physical contact".[2]

Special churches[edit]

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Conewago Township and the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville are under the purview of the diocese.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Diocese". Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Gainer, Ronald (Oct 1, 2014). "Co-Ed Participation in Contact Sports". Catholic Schools / Co-Ed Participation in Contact Sports. Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Retrieved Oct 4, 2014. Catholic schools, parishes, CYOs or clubs would not permit a female on a wrestling team...Catholic schools, parishes, CYOs and clubs would not permit a female on a tackle football team...Catholic schools, parishes, CYOs and clubs would not permit a female on a tackle rugby team. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°16′52″N 76°48′05″W / 40.28116°N 76.80130°W / 40.28116; -76.80130